There are mean people who are complaining that John Kerry U.S. Secretary of State, spent Wednesday sailing on his yacht to Nantucket Island. I think we should lighten up a bit.
First of all the guy was out of the country for 12-days trying to craft a peace between Israel and the “moderate” terrorists in Fatah. That’s gotta take a lot out of someone. Kerry loves that yacht that’s why he kept it in Rhode Island to avoid taxes until he was exposed–he doesn’t have the money..I am sure of it, because he promised he would pay the taxes anyway in 2010, but according to the Boston Herald who checked two years later he still hadn’t paid those taxes (which by that time had grown to $1,000,000). You see how much love the guy has to share? All that public embarrassment—but he had to be on that boat.
Kerry loved that boat so much that he first had the state department lie about his trip to Nantucket (that was until two many people saw him).
Now why would John Kerry have to postpone the visit with the love of his life just because one of the most important countries for American interests in the middle east was about have a revolution and overthrow the government. Besides, its
not like he had advanced warning. OK the military gave Morsi 48 hours so Kerry would have known something was about to happen. But maybe he had reservations to stay at a Motel 6 or something and they wouldn’t give him his money back because it was a holiday weekend.
Some people suggested that the secretary of state interrupt his vacation
and at least send a very clear signal — even by flying back to
Washington for a day or two that what was happening in Egypt was important. I say hog wash. Don’t those people realize that Kerry has been Secretary of State since February 1st. That’s four whole months without a vacation. He must be
Come on let’s be reasonable. How many of us started a new job and then almost immediately took a vacation during a crisis? Almost all of us right? Some of us? At least 2-3 of us? World crisis be dammed, this guy earned some time off.
Republicans: Put John Kerry on a plane
F. Kerry — who spent the Fourth of July on sun-splashed Nantucket even
as the chaos from a military takeover rocked Egypt — drew fire from
Republican critics who said it’s a bad time for the nation’s top
diplomat to be seen cavorting on an island getaway.
look good, and I think it sends the wrong message” said Republican
strategist Brad Marston. “If I were advising him, I’d already have him
on a plane.”
As first reported on bostonherald.com, Kerry, who
owns a house and a yacht on the ritzy retreat, was seen yesterday
strolling down Federal Street away from July Fourth festivities on Main
Street in jeans and a light-colored polo shirt.
Later in the afternoon, Kerry was seen offloading bags from a
single-person kayak to a boat in Nantucket Sound after launching from
the beach behind his home at 5 Hulbert Ave.
Republicans pounced on
the image of the vacationing secretary of state and sought to use it as
a symbol of what they deem a big Obama administration failing — the
inability to convey a clear message on foreign policy on hotspots like
Syria, Turkey and Egypt.
“I would think the secretary of state
would interrupt his vacation and at least send a very clear signal —
even by flying back to Washington for a day or two — that on our
Independence Day we are very concerned about the freedom and democracy
that we hope is instilled for some period of time in the Arab World,”
said Patrick Griffin, a New Hampshire-based GOP strategist.
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Republican operative Ford O’Connell: “Egypt’s in a very fragile place,
and the U.S. needs to be out front doing what it can to return Egypt to
civilian rule. Having the nation’s top diplomat vacationing on Nantucket
doesn’t send the right message to the international community.”
staff yesterday insisted he’s fully engaged and has been logging long
hours and high miles, including a recent 12-day, 25,000-mile trip to the
Middle East and Asia.
Yesterday he dialed into a meeting with
President Obama and members of his national security team in the
Situation Room, according to the State Department. Kerry also called
foreign dignitaries from Egypt, Israel, Norway, Qatar, Turkey and the
United Arab Emirates.
“Secretary Kerry has been working tirelessly
around the clock since he returned from his 10-day trip and there has
not been a moment where he has not been focused on doing everything
possible to communicate with his team in Washington and in Egypt, within
the administration and with his counterparts around the world,” Kerry
spokeswoman Jen Psaki told the Herald last night.
Democratic Party chairman Phil Johnston said these days the secretary of
state can effectively work out of anywhere in the world.
man’s been working 24/7 for weeks to create peace in the Middle East — I
think he’s entitled to a day on Nantucket,” said Johnston. “If there’s
anything we know about John Kerry, it’s that he’s a very hard worker.
The American people don’t need to worry about that.”
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